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Three finalists named in search for VP for academic affairs

Three finalists named in search for VP for academic affairs

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (October 30, 2015) --Three finalists have been selected in the search for the next vice president for academic affairs at Arkansas Tech University.
    
The finalists are Dr. Mohamed Abdelrahman, professor of electrical engineering and associate vice president for research and graduate studies at Texas A&M University-Kingsville; Dr. James Ermatinger, dean of liberal arts and sciences at the University of Illinois at Springfield; and Dr. Russell Porter, associate provost and associate vice president for graduate studies and research at Texas A&M University-Central Texas.
    
There were 48 applicants for the position.
    
The successful candidate will have primary responsibility for the leadership, administration and development of academic programs at Arkansas Tech. The vice president for academic affairs will also promote continued excellence within the faculty.

Jefferson Co. Sheriff's Office issues reminder to parents on child identification

Jefferson Co. Sheriff's Office issues reminder to parents on child identification

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ark. - (Oct. 29, 2015 – With recent flash news alerts regarding missing children, teens, and others alike throughout the state, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office decided to issue a reminder to all parents regarding the indentification of their children. 

Major Lafayette Woods, Jr. issued the following statement on Thursday:

When a child or someone you know is reported missing, emotions become raw, which can hinder the ability of parents or love ones to make rational decisions. Yet, their actions and the actions of law enforcement in the first 48 hours are critical to the safe recovery of a missing. Knowing what you can do, what others can do, and where to go for help will not only expedite the search and recovery of your child or love one, it also will help to ease the emotional and financial burden of the search.

Arkansas Tech leads state in providing social mobility for students

Arkansas Tech leads state in providing social mobility for students

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. - CollegeNET has ranked Arkansas Tech University No. 1 in its state and among the top 10 percent of institutions in the United States in terms of providing its students with an opportunity to improve their economic standing.

The 2015 CollegeNET Social Mobility Index (SMI) looks at the economic background of a university’s student body and compares it to the institution’s tuition rate, graduation rate and endowment as well as the early career salary for its young alumni.

Based upon those criteria, the study found that Arkansas Tech provides the greatest opportunity for socioeconomic advancement to its students of any college or university in Arkansas.

Arkansas Tech ranks No. 90 nationally in the survey. No other university in the state made the top 250.

Wildlife Habitat Improvement Work planned for Corps’ parks in Russellville

Wildlife Habitat Improvement Work planned for Corps’ parks in Russellville

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – The Corps of Engineers will be constructing two food plots about two acres in size on the south side of Bona Dea Trails and Sanctuary. 

A small dozer will prepare the ground for planting by removing small trees and underbrush.  Trees beneficial to wildlife such as oak, black cherry, and some maples will remain, while trees such as sweet gum, elm, black willow, and box elder will be removed. 

Removing unwanted vegetation allows sunlight to reach the food plots, while leaving beneficial trees to compliment the clover, rye, oats and winter wheat being planted. 

About two acres of food plots at Old Post Road Park in Russellville were recently planted for wildlife benefit and increased viewing opportunities near the campground and disc golf course.

Arkansas Tech Observatory to open for eclipse on Sunday

Arkansas Tech Observatory to open for eclipse on Sunday

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark.-The Arkansas Tech University Observatory is scheduled to open on Sunday, Sept. 27, to provide members of the university community and beyond with the opportunity to view a total lunar eclipse.

Weather and clouds permitting, the watch party will last from 8-10 p.m. Admission will be free.

Bryant schools open doors to legislators

Bryant schools open doors to legislators

BRYANT, Ark. - Bryant Schools have planned special events to welcome the district’s representatives and senators into classrooms as part of Arkansas’ Take Your Legislator to School Month.

Legislators plan to attend the following events:

Real Proud recognizes 4 Russellville High students

Real Proud recognizes 4 Russellville High students

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) - The Bank of Little Rock Mortgage recognized four Russellville High School students on Friday, September 11, during the Cyclone Football game.

The students were honored as part of the Real Proud of Real Cyclones program, sponsored by Bank of Little Rock Mortgage. The program recognizes hard-working students who are actively involved in their community and extracurricular activities. The students honored were Keina Harmon, Madison McKinley, Alli Preston and Jake Vickers.

Keina Harmon, daughter of Tina Harmon, was nominated by Alicia Nordurth for her outstanding attitude, attention to learning, and her willingness to help others in class.  Keina is a highly motivated student whose career goal is to become a pediatric oncologist.  She loves helping kids, reading, and spending time with her friends.  Keina is a member of FBLA and is on the RHS Track Team.